Sheikh Mansour ben Zayed Al-Nahyane, billionaire owner of Manchester City, said Monday he was confident the Premier League title contenders would close the three-point gap on leaders and neighbours Manchester United.
City host their rivals on April 30 in what is set to be a decisive showdown and the sheikh indicated: "The City/United derby will be important. I think the gap will close to less than three points. The last two matches of both teams will be decisive in designating the champions."
City pulled back to three points adrift of United after Sunday's 2-0 win at Wolves, helped by United's conceding two goals late on in their 4-4 draw at home to Everton.
After making it three wins in a row at Molineux, City have put the heat back on and if they can complete the double over United, whom they thrashed 6-1 at Old Trafford six months ago, they will go top on goal difference.